Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Internet's back!!

Firstly, responses to comments:
Jessica: AC is installed and means I can knit in peace this summer!
Carrie: Genuinely glad I could be of amusement!
Schrodinger: They actually did show up, and I've got a whole new modem now!
Mud: Your yanks are a whole game behind now...even with that loss. It was still a great game to watch.
John: Completely unfrazzled!
Karen: The rest of the week was great! And the Sox are currently winning their game now too! (Let's leave out the fact that I root for a knitting related team...)


So what have I been up to? While I flaked out on the yarn crawl last weekend, I did manage to meet up with folks at Knitty City (their website is looking better than it was...but still needs a bit of work). I really liked the store even though there was one older woman customer who pretty much destroyed the Knitty City experience for me. They have all sorts of yarns I haven't found anywhere else. I want to try some of their Frog Tree yarns and a few others. They have some of this there too:

This is Cherry Tree Hill's Supersock yarn in color way African Grey. It's not very grey actually. If I were going to name the color way and it needed to say the word "African" in it, I'd probably call it African Sunset or something. Regardless, it's a pair of nascent Jaywalkers you see there. I'm totally bored with the jaywalker pattern, but the colors in the yarn should provide a bit of amusement and I can do it without thinking. Besides, I looked at a bunch of different patters, and am not entirely sure what other pattern would show off the yarn so beautifully.

I've also been working on Zoe's wedding gift. I'm done with the first two phases, and am really close to finishing the third as well. I think the gift will actually be done on time!

Also, since I didn't have the internet last weekend, I spent considerably less time conversing with people, updating my rediculous number of blogs and much more time knitting while watching the first season of Boston Legal. I'm in love with James Spader. Also, Boston Legal is obviously the best live action show I've seen in forever (Family Guy and the Simpsons have been my favorite tv show for quite some time). So I bought the whole first season of Boston Legal at Target last weekend since I knew I'd need something in the background while I knit to keep my mind occupied. It worked.

Because here's where I am on the dress from Knit 1:

back of dress

That's my couch modelling it for me! Notice anything? The flower's on the wrong side. I'm incapable of reading directions it seems. So, I decided to let it be. The flower will be on the left side. Since I tend to heavily favor my right side, I don't think this will be a problem. I'm hoping that the dress will fit, I'm still a bit unsure of this, but we'll see.

I started in on the back too:

front of dress

I haven't done anything more with the back since last weekend. I'm hoping to give it some action tomorrow.

EDIT: I should say that I was actually reading the chart in the "normal" way for reading a chart. The chart when you do the back of the dress, however, is supposed to be backwards, while the front of the dress is supposed to be normal chart reading. I tend to not follow directions I guess...


CityMinx said...

the dress looks really cool.
and, why am i not on your list of "rediculous number of blogs" yet? is this punishment for not posting for a week?

Jessica said...

Yay, you have internet AND a/c! Hooray for modern comforts.
Your dress is looking tres cool--I can't wait to see it done!
And maybe African grey refers to a type of parrot or something? Cause you're right, it's not very grey.

Rebecca said...

The dress looks amazing. How did you manage to resolve the pattern issue? Oh, and I totally started my first chart-reading intarsia project and have been reading the chart backwards. You are not alone!

Jessamyn said...

1) African Grays are parrots, very vibrant ones, hence the name.

2) Yeah, the whole chart thing is a bit counter-inuitive. We read everything else left to right, but the charts go right to left. Maybe all charts are written by people in Israel.

3) Thanks for the advice. I'm not actually scared of the guy - just seeing someone in so many different contexts is really bizarro!

MUD said...

I LOVE the colors in African Grey, parrot and all. The dress looks FABULOUS!!! Hey what's going on in your life? I miss you!

Beta said...

Thanks for the eye candy! The dress makes me feel like my clapotis should be done already!

carrie said...

it's so, so cute. and don't worry -- i think we've all read charts wrong,often with happy results. just make sure it's "wrong" on the other side, too!

The DeDe said...

The dress is too cool. It's so... "60's?". A perfect dress for a night out on the town! The color's you chose are fantastic. I look forward to seeing the finished product on!

knitting pinki said...

That dress is too funky. Also, I have to say that I'm quite jealous of your progress tracker :(